Young local CAFOD supporters Grace and Louis were so moved by what they learnt in school to do their bit for children who live without access to safe clean water. They told their story to CAFOD Diocesan Manager, Angela Powell
Grace and Louis had heard about the Thirst for Change campaign at school. Grace had been particularly struck by a story about a schoolgirl having to walk so far to get water, and whose grandma died after drinking contaminated water. They had heard about the government matching fundraising at school, and had been inspired by the many fundraising activities organised to help raise awareness to combat water poverty.
Over Easter they had a big clear out of their wardrobes and their mum organised an Open House to sell Phoenix greetings cards – Mum said “the kids are always asking if they can have a stall at these events to sell their old toys so the idea of selling the clothes came about. We decided that if they each manned their own stall (boys’ clothes and girls’ clothes), they would donate half the proceeds to CAFOD, which would be government matched, and they would split the other half between them”.
Louis and Grace told Angela about how they had helped price up all the items (mostly 50p) and enjoyed setting up and managing their own stall. It was a great success, they took £52 and donated £26 to CAFOD which will be matched back up to £52. Louis and Grace enjoyed it so much that they are planning to do it again, which is great news for CAFOD!